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Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate (EHKC)

The Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate (EHKC) is a classroom-based recreational qualification that is delivered by a suitably qualified Accredited Professional Coach. This qualification is held at two levels: Entry Level and Level One.

They are designed to provide a sound foundation of equestrian knowledge to the learner and are aimed at the first time horse-owner, sharer or loaner. This also includes parents who are considering buying ponies/horses for their children or for anyone wanting a refresher on their equine care theory. 

Training can vary, too, from short intensive courses to an evening class held over as many weeks as the coach wishes to hold. This is dependent on the participant experience levels and will vary accordingly.

The courses can be as formal/informal as you wish, over a coffee and cake, or as a classroom session. At the end of the course, there is just a short written paper to gain the qualification which is written and provided by the BHS.

Which coaches are eligible to run this course?

To run the EHKC courses, the coach needs to be a current BHS Accredited Professional Coach (with up-to-date First Aid, CPD and enhanced DBS). The coach must hold a minimum of the BHSPT to run the EHKC course.

All coaches will need to receive training to deliver the EHKC from the BHS and receive a training pack. 

Which centres are eligible?

The EHKC can be run by riding centres, livery yards, British Riding Clubs and Centres. The Proprietor or Accredited Professional Coach must have received training from the BHS to deliver EHKC. Training sessions may be delivered by any employee of the Approved Centre who holds the BHSPT.

A centre or livery yard wishing to run a participation course must:

  • be able to ensure qualified staff can coach participants through the programme (see above)
  • be able to follow BHS guidelines for delivery, and be open to feedback from clients throughout the courses
  • register learners, and invigilate and mark exam papers
  • be able to report back to the BHS on your progress, and be open to being included in promotional activity
  • complete the participation forms required
  • be willing to promote the project locally to horse owners or potential horse owners.

If you are interested in becoming eligible to run these courses, please contact the BHS Education Department on 02476 840508 or email at

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